As far as palaces go, Blenheim Palace is a real gem. This spectacular Oxfordshire mansion is one of England’s largest houses and was built between 1705 and 1722. It’s next to the scenic River Glyme and home to the incredibly lucky 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. Ordinary people can discover what it’s like living in this gorgeous home as it’s been open to the public since 1972!
Set in over 2,000 acres of parkland, the estate is just as magnificent as Buckingham Palace. And the stunning country setting makes Blenheim Palace an ideal rural retreat!
The History of Blenheim Palace: Dream Country Mansion
A designated World Heritage Site since 1987, Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace! Taking into account the palace’s Baroque architecture, it’s hard to believe that a member of the royal family has never owned this magnificent home. It’s simply gorgeous and reminiscent of the Queen’s plush pad.
To celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession, the palace was built and gifted to the First Duke of Marlborough. He was the military commander who led the Allied forces in the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. Not a bad token of appreciation!
Inside, the Palace has colourful tapestries, breathtaking paintings and porcelain collections as well as hand painted ceilings and delicate carvings.
The 9th Duke of Marlborough introduced the formal gardens and planted 500,000 trees in the surrounding park. What’s more, famous architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown landscaped the gardens! Today’s Duke is committed to preserving the Palace for the public’s enjoyment, with the estate named a World Heritage Site during his ownership.
Birthplace of Winston Churchill
Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of the UK’s greatest wartime Prime Minister — Sir Winston Churchill! Churchill later proposed to his future wife in the gardens at the Temple of Diana. Although never owner, he chose to be buried beside his parents in St Martin’s Church cemetary in Bladon, Oxfordshire. The tower of the cemetery is visible from the Palace State Rooms. It seems fitting that Churchill rests in his idyllic county of birth.
Blenheim Palace for Families
Blenheim Palace is a great day out for the whole family. Pick up a family quiz upon arrival and play as you walk through the exquisite rooms. Friendly guides will be on hand to help you with some answers if you get a bit stuck! Little ones will also love riding the Miniature Train to the Walled Garden, the Marlborough Maze and Butterfly House. There’s so much to explore!
How to Book Tickets
Blenheim Palace entry tickets are easy to purchase and Oxford is easy to reach by train. If you’re travelling from central London, why not check out a Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace tour? You’ll see some stunning English countryside and enjoy an unforgettable experience exploring Blenheim Palace.
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